#4 The King’s Speech

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Hooper
Produced by Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Gareth Unwin
Geoffrey Rush
Written by David Seidler
Starring Colin Firth
Geoffrey Rush
Helena Bonham Carter
Guy Pearce
Timothy Spall
Derek Jacobi
Jennifer Ehle
Michael Gambon
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Danny Cohen
Editing by Tariq Anwar
Studio See-Saw Films
Bedlam Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (Australia)
The Weinstein Company (USA)

This classic storytelling at its best.  The King’s Speech is not full of superfluous details–it is clean and straight forward.  Although centered around a rather simple narrative, it exceeds where most films fail–in having a heart.  They do not make movies like this as much anymore–a good story, well told–and it is a shame! 

Tom Hopper does a wonderful job of creating tension and drama.  With a gentle hand he does so much to add texture and color to what could have been dull and drab.  Bravo!  (still believe Chris Nolan should have received his Best Director nomination -_- )

Colin Firth deserves the Oscar this year (maybe even for A Single Man last year).  He is brilliant (as usual) and so convincing with a stammer that when I heard his acceptance speech at the Globes, I was taken aback…”That’s right!  He is an eloquent and polished speaker!”  Beyond the stammer–what is amazing is the way he plays this would be king–all at once proud and insecure–a delicate balance that is executed perfectly. 

Geoffrey Rush is marvelous–so restrained and muted–and yet so charismatic he pops out of the screen.  His comedic timing is unmatched.  A nuanced performance that is worthy of all the praise he has received–(but the Oscar belongs to Christian Bale 🙂 )

Last but not least is Helena Bonham Carter–I love her!  And I can not imagine anyone else playing it so beautifully.  She conveys the indomitable spirit that this strong woman must have possessed.  What love and faith to have for another human being!

Yes.  I can go on and on–so many moments–from laughing out loud to sharing in tears–watching The King’s Speech is as satisfying an experience as one could want. 

 This is what all films should be like, but unfortunately that is not the case.  So, I will treasure this one–and wait for the next rare gem. 

Resources: Wikipedia